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    Hi,

    I'm 19 years old and currently doing a marketing apprenticeship. I kind of fell into this job after finishing my alevels because I didn't want to go to university and didn't know what else to do. I'd always liked the idea of doing a distance learning degree but my school constantly tried to talk me out of the idea until eventually I went for a full time job instead.

    My apprenticeship as you can imagine doesn't pay well, I work 8:45 till 17:30 Monday to Friday and my income is still low as I'm on apprentice wage.

    I've also found that my job isn't keeping me stimulated, I get bored and sit practically watching the clock until home time. Whilst marketing is very interesting and there is lots to do, I just don't find myself feeling inspired.

    Mainly, I'm really missing education. I love learning and thought that an apprenticeship would allow me to do that however it seems most of what I have to do is take screenshots and upload them online, to show I can do things rather than actually having to study.

    I'm really considering finding a degree through distance learning in Philosophy/religious studies/ethics as I've studied this as GCSE and Alevel and I love it. This would mean leaving my current job to work part time (on minimum wage though so could probably do way less hours for the same if not a bit more income) and be a student, doing a distance learning degree part time also at home.

    I am totally stuck as I want to do the degree but feel like I will be letting my current employer down and I worry what others will think/say.

    Would really appreciate any advice or comments from people who've perhaps had to make the decision between working full time or quitting and going to uni/distance learning uni.

    I have no idea what to do.
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    (Original post by littlechicklet)
    Hi,

    I'm 19 years old and currently doing a marketing apprenticeship. I kind of fell into this job after finishing my alevels because I didn't want to go to university and didn't know what else to do. I'd always liked the idea of doing a distance learning degree but my school constantly tried to talk me out of the idea until eventually I went for a full time job instead.

    My apprenticeship as you can imagine doesn't pay well, I work 8:45 till 17:30 Monday to Friday and my income is still low as I'm on apprentice wage.

    I've also found that my job isn't keeping me stimulated, I get bored and sit practically watching the clock until home time. Whilst marketing is very interesting and there is lots to do, I just don't find myself feeling inspired.

    Mainly, I'm really missing education. I love learning and thought that an apprenticeship would allow me to do that however it seems most of what I have to do is take screenshots and upload them online, to show I can do things rather than actually having to study.

    I'm really considering finding a degree through distance learning in Philosophy/religious studies/ethics as I've studied this as GCSE and Alevel and I love it. This would mean leaving my current job to work part time (on minimum wage though so could probably do way less hours for the same if not a bit more income) and be a student, doing a distance learning degree part time also at home.

    I am totally stuck as I want to do the degree but feel like I will be letting my current employer down and I worry what others will think/say.

    Would really appreciate any advice or comments from people who've perhaps had to make the decision between working full time or quitting and going to uni/distance learning uni.

    I have no idea what to do.
    How long have you got left in the apprenticeship?
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    How long have you got left in the apprenticeship?
    Over a year I think
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    (Original post by littlechicklet)
    Over a year I think
    Not worth sticking it out if it's not for you, if you want to go to university what's putting you off going full time?
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    Hi I thought I might pitch in and say that I gave up the full-time military in the summer to go back to uni. I'm doing intensive A-Levels now and am awaiting my university decisions the best decision I've made! Though it kind of hurts to have a part time wage haha
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    'I am totally stuck as I want to do the degree but feel like I will be letting my current employer down and I worry what others will think/say.'

    Don't let what others think stop you from pursuing a career you actually enjoy!
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Not worth sticking it out if it's not for you, if you want to go to university what's putting you off going full time?
    I don't really want to go to uni I'd rather do a distance learning degree as it's less debt and means I can still work and keep my life where I am
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    (Original post by epsilondelta)
    Hi I thought I might pitch in and say that I gave up the full-time military in the summer to go back to uni. I'm doing intensive A-Levels now and am awaiting my university decisions the best decision I've made! Though it kind of hurts to have a part time wage haha
    Thank you for your reply, wow that's amazing, I'm so scared of regretting whichever decision I make.
    To be honest the part time minimum wage for me would be the same as my full time apprentice wage haha
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    (Original post by illmatics)
    'I am totally stuck as I want to do the degree but feel like I will be letting my current employer down and I worry what others will think/say.'

    Don't let what others think stop you from pursuing a career you actually enjoy!
    Thank you, I'm just worried that people will think I'm indecisive or that I will let someone down
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    Honestly uni full time is barely anything, all the hours is based on you, so you can do a degree which is basically distant learning because you don't even have to turn up to lectures (always online) the reading is your choice to do and whilst doing this do a part time job like a lot of people?
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    (Original post by Loopypie)
    Honestly uni full time is barely anything, all the hours is based on you, so you can do a degree which is basically distant learning because you don't even have to turn up to lectures (always online) the reading is your choice to do and whilst doing this do a part time job like a lot of people?
    My uni refuses to put lectures online and takes attendance
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    (Original post by niteninja1)
    My uni refuses to put lectures online and takes attendance
    wow thats a first i've heard, can you not change to a different one? Attendence = getting friends to sign you in. There's also night uni's? although very few haha
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    (Original post by Loopypie)
    wow thats a first i've heard, can you not change to a different one? Attendence = getting friends to sign you in. There's also night uni's? although very few haha
    It's fine though I turn up. As for attendance it is smart card sign in and I don't work as I get 10702 in student loan
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    (Original post by Loopypie)
    Honestly uni full time is barely anything, all the hours is based on you, so you can do a degree which is basically distant learning because you don't even have to turn up to lectures (always online) the reading is your choice to do and whilst doing this do a part time job like a lot of people?
    The problem I have is I live in a rural area where the nearest uni is at least an hour drive and as far as I'm aware attendance to lectures is important (on campus)
 
 
 
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